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Tales For A Summer Day

August 19, 1990

I congratulate Sandra Cisneros for her masterpiece of derogatory terms against Hispanic immigrants, especially Mexicans, in her "Woman Hollering Creek." Cisneros must have a superiority complex when she looks at other persons of her own race. Her story concentrates on searching out the wrong behavior of new immigrants. The unnecessary abuse of the Spanish language while she is writing in English makes her story look even more grotesque and awkward. It seems like Cisneros is ashamed of her ancestors, their traditions, their "criminal" ignorance and their mistaken habits.

It is necessary for Chicano authors to remember that they are descendants of peasants. They should never expect great discourses from their parents or relatives, who came to this country as manual workers; it's not their fault that they are not educated in the literary arts. They have contributed to the magnificence of the country with their hard work--and by paying taxes to finance the university educations that people like Cisneros enjoyed. Most immigrants brought with them their traditions and culture, they taught the Spanish language to their children hoping to preserve their roots. Now those children feel dishonor about being Hispanic.

So that, Chicano authors escape from their frustrations by writing the trash that makes their ancestors look so bad.

MIGUEL SANCHEZ GRACIA

West Hollywood

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